East Ham pharmacy worker organises community diabetes event

An East Ham pharmacist technician organised a free diabetes event to raise awareness about proper treatment in the wider community.

Prakash Solanky, who works in Boots on the East Ham High Street, ran a free open day for diabetes sufferers at Pilgrim’s Way Church Hall to raise awareness about diabetic help.

Visitor were able to get free health check from local nurses, talk to pharmacists and GPs, and receive free blood glucose machines.

Prakash said: “I’ve been wanting to organise something like this for a while because people don’t know what help it out there for them.

“Newham has the highest percentage of people in London with diabetes and we want to make people aware.

You may also want to watch:

“What we’re finding is that a lot of people are coming to us not using their machines properly so they give the wrong readings to their doctors who prescribe them the wrong amount of insulin.

“So we want to teach people how to use their equipment properly and, this way, there will be less people ending up in hospital.”

Most Read

Diabetes UK also took part, providing translators to help ethinic miniorities communicate their problems.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter